When asked to give a Memorial Day speech in 1945, General Lucian Truscott who had just spent the past 3 years retaking Europe from Nazi Germany reluctantly agreed. Not one to pursue the glory of the camera or headline of a Newspaper, Truscott preferred to let his competence on the battlefield speak for itself. After all, there was no short supply of Generals to take up the mantle as premier media diva.
Truscott who would fight the war relatively unknown to many quickly proved himself as one of the most reliable Generals of the entire conflict. First seeing combat as an observer on the famed Dieppe Raid, Truscott would rise through the ranks as he chased the enemy out of North Africa, through Italy and on into the heart of Germany.
However, it would be his Memorial Day speech at the Rome-Sicily Cemetery in 1945…
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